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Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM)

(Austin and San Antonio Campuses)

Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree Program

Educational Objectives

Graduates of this university will be qualified to meet the challenges of establishing and maintaining a successful profession in the 21st century, as evidenced by the following learning outcomes:

  • A systematic knowledge of the theories, philosophies, and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  • The skill to assist licensed acupuncturists by setting up patients in the treatment room, taking vital signs, recording complaints, preparing and dispensing herbal formulas, and removing acupuncture needles;
  • The skill to correctly apply gua sha, cupping, reflexology, and other therapies which do not involve the insertion or stimulation of needles;
  • The skill to handle front desk duties, do marketing for the clinic, and file insurance claims;
  • The ability to communicate professionally with healthcare providers, colleagues, business leaders, industry, patients and the public with empathy, compassion, and integrity;
  • The confidence to find successful employment in a healthcare related field, including the competence to work as an acupuncture assistant, to manage a healthcare practice, or to be employed in an insurance billing office;
  • The readiness to continue studies at the University to become a Licensed Acupuncturist or to earn a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.


Admissions Requirements

The University desires for standard admission those applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a U.S. Department of Education approved accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Candidates may also be admitted based upon the Admissions Committee determination that the applicant demonstrates suitability for graduate level study of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has successfully completed a minimum of 60 semester credits (or equivalent quarter credits), applicable toward a baccalaureate degree, in general education with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  General education requirements are defined as those areas of learning which are the common experience of all educated persons, including subject matter from the humanities, mathematics and the sciences, and the social sciences.

Thirty six (36) of the minimum 60 semester credits must be in these areas.  Note that courses within the area of concentration of the subject matter of the program shall not be considered general education courses. The remaining 24 credits can be in any other field of study as long as they are not remedial.

HumanitiesCourses in fields such as literature, philosophy, logic, foreign language, art, music appreciation, and communications, including rhetoric, composition, and speech; but excluding business communications, spelling, letter writing, and word study.
Mathematics and the SciencesCourses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and mathematics theory and analysis, including algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, and other advanced mathematics courses, but excluding business mathematics and basic computations.
Social SciencesCourses such as history, economics, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and general psychology, but excluding courses such as practical psychology, selling techniques and social or business behavior.
Other CoursesCourses accepted in this category can be from any field as long as they are not remedial. They must equal 24 credits.


If you have any question about our MSAOM program, please contact our Admissions Office at (512) 448-9999 or admissions@thsu.edu